High Tea

Fun, food and fashion to help local grads.

High tea, a British tradition, has worked its way into Tanglewood and it seems like it’s going to become a fixture. Last year they raised funds for the Domestic Violence Shelter. It was a great success and the 60 tickets sold out in moments.

Julia Hinshaw, Sandra Armitage, Donna Elenbaas, Danielle Crawfis, Susan Johnson

This year, Sandra Armitage, Danielle Crawfis, Donna Elenbaas, Julia Hinshaw and Susan Johnson with help from Mella Wells, Virginia Eisen, Evalyn Gust, Sue McDonald and Jan Wiseman organized a second tea which was held on February 7. The organizing committee wanted to maintain the intimacy of a relatively small event so limited ticket sales. When tickets went on sale ladies were lined up by 6:45 a.m. and the 80 tickets were gone in less than 10 minutes.

The profits this year are going to “Dress for Success” an initiative of South Florida State College which has been set up to ensure that finances aren’t a barrier when looking for one’s first full time job upon graduation from college. The SFSC boutique is stocked with donations of men’s and women’s casual and career clothing. Eligible students may select pieces to add to their wardrobe free of charge.

The event planners sought out Gini Shevick, owner of Chic Chick in Lake Placid, to coordinate a style show as part of the afternoon festivities. Four Tanglewood volunteers offered to model. Renate Donaldson, Marilyn Hale, Betty Hite and Theresa Reynolds visited the Chic Chick where they each found three outfits to showcase.

As is always the case with seniors, the ladies started to arrive early with many there by 1:30 for the 2:00 High Tea. The attendees doffed their usual shorts showing up in their finest apparel with many sporting fascinators or large floppy hats. Ruth Pickell entertained with piano music as the women looked over the prizes, compared outfits and caught up on the latest gossip.

The hall was beautifully decorated and the tables were set with fine china cups. Each table had a selection of excellent sandwiches and desserts and a group of delightful women having a great afternoon.

The style show was an artistic, social and financial success, almost doubling last year’s total of $445.00. This year’s Tea netted $858.00 to help students get a head start in their careers. The organizing committee has already been thinking about ways to make the 2019 High Tea even better.

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